We have a lodger living with us
Lets call him George for the sake of ease. After all, that is his name. George has just finished his degree and got an outstanding result. He has now joined the illustrious group of highly educated graduates with the world as their oyster.
Or so they are told.
Apparently a university degree is your ticket to the pearly white gates and golden temples of the world of ‘Employment’. And yet for now, for whatever reason, George hasn’t landed himself a job. I’m not trying to rub it in George, maybe we can talk over that lasagne you promised to make us. My point is that George, whilst being intelligent, communicative and hardworking, is stranded in a place where he is wondering what is going to happen next.
A common concern amongst young Christians alongside ‘Who am I going to marry?’ is ‘What is God’s plan for my life?’. In answer to the first question, I often find when I stop obsessing over something then things often fall into place (it’s not a hard and fast rule so don’t take me to court over it).
With regards to God’s plan for our lives, its actually really simple and it's completely out of our control. God’s plan for your life is written in Ephesians 1. In fact, every person who has lived, lives and will live have their life plan found in Ephesians 1. That is staggering. We all are so wrapped up in the specific details of our day to day lives that we too often forget that our time on this planet is over in the blink of an eye.
In Ephesians 1, the apostle Paul says “With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
As you read that you probably started thinking, ‘So where’s the part about my life?’
God’s plan for humanity, and therefore your life, is to bring unity to all things in heaven and earth under Christ. We are all one way or another going to be drawn together and worship the King of Kings, and there ain’t nothing you or I can do about it.
That’s where we are headed. But do we live in the wake of this truth? If we knew for certain that in 10 years time we were going meet the love of our life and eventually marry them, we would stop worrying about it. Similarly, God tells us that at the end of our earthly lives, or when Jesus returns, we are going to be gathered together to worship him. So we don't need to worry about the direction of our lives.
Of course, there are things that we must decide upon, and there are pressures that are placed on us (trust me, in the real world I’m a teacher), but if we frame our lives with the knowledge that we will be with God when there is a new heaven and new earth, it gives us great encouragement and reassurance that God has us, and nothing can pluck us from His hands.
James Lee is Head of Communications at Something More. He is also a teacher and lives in Bristol with his wife where he has discovered a new found love for power drills.